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minister tell the house what the government is doing to keep pensioners warm in this cold weather, and will he join me in congratulating the suffolk foundation for the success, for the great success of their surviving -- [inaudible] >> what this government has done is, first of all,tive the biggest -- give the biggest increase in the state pension of five pounds, 30 last year. we've kept the cold weather payments at the high level, and we're replacing the warm front scheme, and while that helps something like 80,000 houses a year, the eco could help up to 230,000 houses a year. that is what we're doing, and it's a record we should be proud of. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister should know that the ons have recently released figures that show there were 24,000 extra cold weather deaths over the winter of 2010-2012. the majority of those who perished were over the age of 75. so, mr. speaker, can i ask the prime minister if he thinks his government should do more to help the elderly and the vulnerable and less to help millionaires with tax cuts? >> as i just said, we are
organization to a top down earmark organizations like the rest of the government is, and is largely dysfunctional in many ways. i think that's part of the problem. now you have a loudmouth and a big program and -- this was at to get the real money. that's i think, that's made a mess of it i would have to say. >> it doesn't mean those questions are uninteresting or unimportant, but how we decide what remains a really important question. >> it's not that there's too little money at nih. of course, there is, but the really is enough money at nih just distributed wrongly at the moment. hasn't been corrected i have to say. >> i'm a political science student, my question may be coming out of left field a little bit so bear with me. i just graduate from school after setting four years of politics in america. a lot of political scientists, myself included, have come to the conclusion that americans and the american electorate in general is an uninformed electorate. it's uninformed, not quickly acted and most pertinent to this lecture it's not a scientifically literate electorate. you know,
in a region that drought is going to develop, hopefully there will be preparedness plans in place, government action, that are going to move us towards putting in place some mitigation measures, measures that will reduce impacts. we can certainly, i mean, there are some states in the united states that is gone to great lengths and have invested a lot of resources in preparedness planning. those models are transferable to other states that are more reactive in nature. we certainly need to continue to work to improve early warning systems, as i mentioned before. the combination of those long lead times, the forecast in early warning systems, which are very comprehensive, the one thing about drought is it's important yes, to measure rainfall and temperature, but it's also important to know what's happening in the entire water supply system. so we need to know the status of reservoirs, status of groundwater, status of stream flow, soil moisture, snow impact. all of those will lead into what will define the security of drought. >> margaret, if i could have you enter that same question, what could
. you never get a disaster that the federal government comes anywhere close to being 100% up, so if you getting information on that it would be helpful. >> new york and new jersey is not waiting. they may be limited in their budgetary resources, but there's something meaty things they are addressing but the substantial expensive ones which you refer to, the depth of some of these tunnels, electrical systems that support the city, new york city size as well as obvious that those who come across the hudson each and every day, it's too expensive for the local or city budget. >> the second question i would ask is related, and that's well and good to talk about, and would do. we try to be, appropriate to the need as needed, but on projects of this size being able to make long-term decisions and commitments are pretty important, and funding sometimes means it's simply not going to be there. you can build half a bridge or restore have the tunnel once you begin the process. you have to know you're going to get to the end of it. can you give us just some examples or some insight as to how diffic
? >> where you from? >> california. >> call those that preempt government this is why we have to set the division and the tone. if we had the resources and they could enforce the law to get the full sophistry to i would not need any more laws passed. . .
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